Saturday, April 8, 2017

Those damned crooks in Baton Rouge want to tax my Netflix!!!

Those thieving bastards in Baton Rouge are at it again, this time wanting to tax streaming services like Netflix. They want to tax streaming services to help make up for the budget shortfall this year. However, I refused to tolerate that and immediately e-mailed my state representative, Kirk Talbot. Here's what the message said...

Dear Representative Talbot,

I recently read in the New Orleans Advocate that the state legislature will soon consider passing a tax on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.

As one of your constituents, I would like to express my outright condemnation at this idea. I've been financially struggling for quite some time now. I can't afford any new taxes, especially on the one form of entertainment that's actually affordable for me. This tax would not help the state to get more money from me. It will just make me stop using Netflix.

As your constituent, I strongly urge you to oppose this measure and do everything in your power to convince your fellow representatives to follow suit.

Kindest regards,

Lord Publius

I had my real name in the e-mail but, I'm obviously not posting that here. If you live in Louisiana House District 78 and want to contact Representative Talbot, you can do so by the following methods:

Office Phone: 504-736-7299

If you aren't sure who you're representative in the Louisiana Legislature is, you can find out my going to this website here:

- Lord Publius

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Evidence of 4chan's greatest (and oftentimes most horrifying) pranks...

Ever wonder where Memes and Internet culture come from? Is it Facebook? Reddit? Twitter? 9gag?

Nope. It's from 4chan. Or, as the site is more commonly known, 'the asshole of the internet'. I'm writing this post because a friend of mine asked me about this site when I mentioned it to him. If he looks through all of this, chances are good he will want nothing to do with this site. I can't say that I blame him. I rarely go anywhere near it myself. Follow ANY link in this post at your own risk. I take no responsibility for any shock, horror or hysterical fits of laughter you may suffer.

The following links will demonstrate the sheer power (and incredibly sick humor) of the site...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

How NOT to convince people to share your ideas...

In recent years, people have resorted to using memes on social media to share their ideas on things and try to convince others to agree with them. It never really works well, though. More often then not, it just looks like someone looking to insult their ideological opponents. That's not going to convince anyone to switch over to your side in the debate. We will now display 3 good examples that illustrate my point...

This tripe came from an Atheist page, in case you couldn't tell. Also, the odds of Mississippi being #1 in anything is not overly high since the state has a pretty low population compared to most others. Furthermore, I can personally vouch for there being a lot of smart people living in Mississippi. I'm related to some of them. Those relatives of mine might be Redneck to the core but, they'd still have to be clever to be retired Air Force officers, Registered Nurses, Real-Estate Agents, Diesel mechanics and engineers employed by NASA. Also, since when was '1st most' considered good grammar? That's not the sort of thing that an intelligent/educated person would write...

This one has less to do with Social Media and more to do with the Mainstream Media, aka the DNC's propaganda machine. Despite the objective fact that President Trump has been doing a lot of good things since getting into office, CNN is still going to look for anything they can possibly use to besmirch him. Too bad they didn't do that with Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Those two actually deserved all the pillory that elected officials often get. All this really does is keep people who aren't Democrats from looking at any of CNN's reports. That's probably a good thing...

I saw this on the page of an old Army buddy that is also very left-wing. I'm sure she shared this in jest but, it seems more insulting than actually funny. It also doesn't say why Republicans would be angry. Also, Republicans do care about poor kids having enough to eat. They'd just rather not get the government involved. This kind of crap is why the political discourse in America today is so unbelievably tribal and toxic. Knock that shit off, Democrats. Otherwise, the mid-term elections of 2018 and POTUS election in 2020 won't go so well for you, either. That is the real reason Trump got so much popular support. His populist rhetoric and ability to fight back against the crooked media didn't get him elected. People being disgusted with you Democrats got him elected. You became such toxic assholes that the GOP could have ran anyone and still defeat you, including an ego-maniacal/often controversial real-estate tycoon.

- Lord Publius

Thursday, March 2, 2017

My thoughts on President Trump's speech to Congress on the evening of 28 Feb 2017

Sorry this analysis took as long as it has, folks. Life has been keeping me busy. Sorry that I felt compelled to do yet another political post too. I had to analyze this speech here since this is one of the first opportunities I'll get to size up the new Commander in Chief. It's also the first time he will be acting like a President instead of a candidate running a ruthless campaign against his opponents.

I've embedded a video recording of the speech from YouTube below. You can also read the full text of the speech here at the website for the Voice of America.

And now, my thoughts and feelings on what I just watched...

1.) The way Donald speaks here is surprisingly Presidential. Most of his odd speech patterns from the campaign trail are not present here. I had a feeling the way he acted on the campaign trail was different from how he'd actually govern. Glad to see I was right in that regard. That means that he understands that the way he acted in business is not always applicable to how you should act as an elected official. I remember there was some concern about that from both sides of the aisle during the election. Glad to see those concerns were overblown.

2.) The First Lady got quite a positive response. That's refreshing to see. I hate the way the Media maligns her. She seems like such a class act. I can see why Donald fell in love with her.

3.) Most of the speech for the first 20 minutes are just an update on his activities and a reiteration of his campaign promises. However, I do like the way he challenged those members of Congress who seem opposed to actually enforcing our immigration laws. It's about time someone called them out on that Bravo Sierra.

4.) All the talk about smashing ISIS and renewing the alliance with Israel is exactly what I expect out of a POTUS. Nothing new there.

5.) Nice to hear that he's appointed a candidate to fill Justice Antonin Scalia's now vacant seat on the SCOTUS. Judge Neal Gorsuch will have some mighty big shoes to fill. Scalia was a LEGEND among hardcore Constitutionalists.

6.) President Trump is speaking my language when he speaks on employment troubles for so many of us, corporate tax rates and trade deficits. Obummer really dropped the ball in all of those areas. I like the example he used with Harley-Davidson always being taxed outrageous amounts in foreign countries. Harley should be able to compete anywhere in the world with their products but, the taxes and grossly unfair trade practices imposed on them by other countries makes that impossible.

The situation is pretty similar for the automakers in Detroit too. Thanks to a lot of protectionist policies, almost no cars from outside automakers have ever been sold in Japan. That's not right. I should be able to go to Japan and see just as many Chevys and Fords there as I see Toyotas and Hondas here. After all, Japan is a country that believes in Capitalism right? Why don't they want the competition? Are they afraid we'll eat their lunch? I wouldn't blame them if they did. We already stole the market from right under their nose in emerging markets like Russia and China. India and Brasil are still wide open for just about any automaker. Although, GM already does have a large presence in Brasil.

7.) I love the idea of creating new jobs by fixing our crumbling infrastructure. Especially since he's putting an emphasis on buying and hiring Americans. Hell, I'll take one of those jobs. I'd love to have some GOOD roads here in New Orleans. 😝

8.) Notice how most (if not all) of the Democrats stayed seated and quiet when the President asked Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare? Lolz... The President speaks the truth when he says that forcing people to buy Government-approved healthcare with that damned mandate was 'never the right thing to do'. And just by saying that, he again makes history by being one of the few politicians to ACTUALLY TELL THE TRUTH. 😜

9.) I noticed that he also looked and waived his hands towards the Democrats when he called Obamacare 'a disaster.' I'm sure there are a lot of shrinks and body language experts that will have plenty to say about that moment in the speech. Although, I think anyone with sense can already tell you exactly what that was all about: He was telling them to let go of Obamacare and replace it with something better.

10.) Is it weird that I ate some cheese puffs while watching 'Emperor Cheeto' making his speech? Oh, the deliciously comedic irony... And just plain deliciousness... 😊

11.) It was nice to see the Democrats stand and applaud when the President mentioned bringing down the cost of prescription drugs. Too bad they didn't applaud when he mentioned letting consumers cross state lines when looking for Health Insurance policies. Also Mr. President, it would be nice if I could do the same for my Auto, Homeowners and Life Insurance as well.

12.) The calls for unity were nice but, I'm afraid those calls fell on deaf ears with the Democrats. Why must they be so obstructionist? Do they actually believe their own non-sense that they spewed about this man since the election? The voters have spoken. They want you to work with him. Do so, Democrats. The minority party in American politics is called the Loyal Opposition for a reason. You don't have to agree with him. Just provide Republicans with better alternatives when they propose a bad idea. It really is that easy.

13.) Calling Education a Civil Rights issue is an interesting approach that I wouldn't have considered. That might get the Democrats to actually listen for once on the matter of school choice and vouchers. However, I'm assuming they actually care about any genuine Civil Rights issues anymore. I'm not sure if they do or not.

14.) Everyone stood up and applauded when the President spoke on supporting cops and cutting down violence in Chicago. Glad to know that terror group Black Lives Matter hasn't poisoned the Democrats all the way yet.

15.) Having the DHS create an office for citizens who have been victimized by illegal immigrants is probably one of the few times I would approve of yet another government office being opened. However, I am sad that such things have become necessary.

16.) Democrats were pretty slow to rise when the President talked about fixing the many problems with the military. I guess I shouldn't be surprised since they caused a lot of them.

17.) The Dems shouldn't have sat down before the rest of the crowd when everyone else was applauding the Navy SEAL's widow. It just looks bad. Not all of them sat down early but, quite a lot of them did. Not cool.

18.) Nice to see that he got the other NATO members to honor their financial obligations to the alliance. Their obligation is only 2% of their GDP. That's not a lot considering that America allocates at least 20% of its annual budget to military expenditures. Surely they can come up with 2%.

19.) I like how President Trump says 'my job is not to represent the world'. That needed to be said. Obama was more worried about being a global citizen instead of an American. An American President should be an American FIRST. Once the needs of our people are addressed, then the President can lead the way in having America improve things around the world. You can't help others if you can't even really help yourself.

20.) Towards the end, the President said something that really got my attention.

"Imagine the wonders our country could know in America's 250th year.

Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people.

Cures to illnesses that have always plagued us are not too much to hope.

American footprints on distant worlds are not too big a dream.

Millions lifted from welfare to work is not too much to expect.

And streets where mothers are safe from fear -- schools where children learn in peace -- and jobs where Americans prosper and grow -- are not too much to ask.

When we have all of this, we will have made America greater than ever before. For all Americans.

This is our vision. This is our mission."

Now this guy is really speaking my language. That 'American footprints on distant worlds' quip sounds like he wants to get NASA back into the manned exploration business. Good! We should have never stopped. That is the real future of Humanity; the successful exploration and colonization of space. I still can't understand why Obummer let the Space Shuttle be retired without a replacement. Making us dependent on aging, often unreliable, Soviet-era Russian rockets to get to the International Space Station is a horrible idea. With this President Trump is actually giving me some renewed hope for the future. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT A LEADER SHOULD DO. ENCOURAGE AND INSPIRE. It's also nice to have a mission again. I don't miss the Army at all but, I do miss having a task and purpose. Post-military life, despite all my best efforts, has not always provided that for me.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How to date supposedly crazy women from around the world...

We've all heard the line about how women are all completely insane. That isn't actually true. They're really just overly emotional when compared to men. However, every nationality of women around the world has their own specific brand of 'craziness'. Living in the world we have today (not to mention the fact that America has always been a nation of immigrants), it's quite possible that you may get involved with a woman from another country. So, here's what I have discovered is stereotypical about the fairer sex from various nationalities...

Brazilian Women

- They take a long time to get ready for a date. Expect them to be late.

- If you like her, show that you're interested. Playing hard to get with a Brazilian will get you nowhere.

- They love being flirted with and complimented.

- ALL of their displays of affection are public. Get used to making out everywhere.

- Family is a huge part of their life, whether they want it to be or not...

- They get territorial and possessive. Polite conversation with another female can make them insanely jealous.

- They might say no to something but, sometimes, they really want you to insist. Quixotically, they expect you to know what they want and to want the same too. (No wonder Men think Women are nuts...)

- Don't try to impress them too much. Keep it simple/direct and have fun.

Columbian Women

- They embrace their femininity.

- They expect you to make the first move.

- Don't use cheesy Spanish vocabulary.

- They expect you to dance with them, even if you can't dance.

- They expect you to pay for everything on the date.

- Being touchy-feely doesn't mean they want to sleep with you.

- They can get very passionate about things.

- They are close to their parents... and you will be soon too.

English Women

- Your Tea is probably not like their Tea. Make sure you have some of their Tea. (PG Tips, Earl Grey, Chamomile, Yorkshire Gold, etc. )

- They pretend to be polite but, that doesn't mean they aren't calling you a Wanker behind your back.

- They try to look as fancy as they can for a first date.

- They love getting drunk at lunch. Most of these drunken outings will end with a kebab of some kind.

- You'll quickly find out what 'two peoples separated by a common language' means. The British and American versions of the English language are pretty different sometimes.

- Their sense of humor is very self-deprecating and sarcastic.

- They always want to be as tanned as possible.

German Women

- They are VERY honest and direct. This can be off-putting and/or discouraging to some folks.

- There is no vagueness when they are making plans with you. If they say they will be somewhere at a certain time, they will be there. Punctuality is a very big component of German culture.

- Don't EVER make them wait on you. Believe me, it's not a good idea.

- They love beer.

- DON'T get too close and personal if you've only just met them. They don't like physical contact with strangers. (I can empathize with this one.)

- They like to be seen and treated as equals. Be VERY careful when making decisions for her.

- They seem to like discussing politics, current affairs and technology. Be sure to have a few well-informed opinions and know how to hold your own in a debate. This impresses them.

- If she likes you, she won't hesitate to show you how much. This might involve some PDA.

Greek Women

- Despite many overlaps in Greek and Italian culture, Greek women act almost NOTHING like Italians.

- Physical contact is very common in their culture. The woman getting touchy-feely with someone doesn't necessarily mean she's interested in that person.

- They like playing hard to get. (Do they realize how much Men usually hate this practice?)

- They gossip a lot. Don't even try to keep up with it all. It will become more complex than even the most bizarre soap opera.

- The Greek family get-together will be VERY loud.

- Make sure her father likes you.

- Learn to pronounce their names.

- Greek women are quick to argue with you and even quicker to forget about the whole thing... And that's why they often seem so Schizophrenic...

Italian Women

- Sometimes, the first date will feel like an interview process. They will have lots of questions about your relationship with your mother and your ex-girlfriends. Be careful not to appear as a Mama's Boy or someone still holding a torch for their Ex.

- They tend to be very upfront and direct. Don't be surprised (or terrified) if they start talking about kids very early in the dating relationship.

- They expect you to be jealous. They also assume that you don't care if you aren't jealous.

- Your idea of Italian food is probably different from hers. Don't just assume that she wants to eat Pizza all the time. That is a ridiculous stereotype.

- Romance may feel cheesy to you but, not to her. Deal with it, guy.

- They love compliments and the sappy romantic stuff but, you shouldn't over do it because that makes you look desperate.

- They are VERY passionate. This can be both good and bad. Try to make sure that it isn't bad too often.

- They are always at your side and VERY loyal.

Mexican Women

- Sip the Tequila, don't down it all in one gulp.

- ALWAYS be a Gentleman.

- If she likes you, she may not kiss you on the first 3 dates. She wants to make sure you're serious about dating her first.

- They love to cook (This one is HUGE plus)

- Punctuality is not common among them.

- They are very superstitious about things that they think will lead to never getting married.

- They love sexual innuendos (And honestly, who doesn't?)

- Their parties can run really late...

Russian Women

- They are VERY maternal and greatly concerned with matters of hearth and home. Starting a family means everything to them.

- They can get very emotional. Oftentimes more than other nationalities.

- The Russian girls from the countryside never let you starve. The city-dwellers may not even know how to cook. (And that is just one of several similarities between American and Russian cultures that I have observed over the years.)

- They value their appearance and won't leave the house looking anything less than their best.

- They want you to have a definite plan of action when you take them out on a date.

- Be assertive. They like that quality in a man.

- They expect you to open doors for them and act like a gentleman. Be sure to have that good habit with them.

- They can seem to be a little serious at first. However, this is because of the language barrier. While many Russians learn English as a second language, they aren't necessarily fluent in it...

- They support what you like (even if they don't understand any of it) BEFORE you're married. Afterwards, it's likely to be a different story.

- Despite rumors to the contrary, they are NOT high maintenance gold diggers with no sense of humor.


So, there's a small sampling of what it takes to deal with a few nationalities. All of them are definitely emotional. All of them seem to be obsessed with finding the right guy and doing whatever it takes to keep him. If only American women acted more like that these days. I'm afraid all of the Feminazi BULLSHIT has ruined them for at least this particular generation.

So, if you're planning on dating an immigrant or getting a foreigner for a spouse through some agency, this info here might help you. Remember, this is all based on common stereotypes. Each woman is different. You will have to communicate with her to figure out what she does and doesn't like in a relationship.

Of these different nationalities, I find myself most interested in the German and Italian women. Being mostly German and Sicilian myself, I suppose the cultural similarities had much to do with this fact. Hopefully, they won't find it too difficult to date an Aspie like me. I did find some Aspie dating tips on WikiHow a long time ago.However, all 12 bits of advice they give are for the more hardcore cases than me. All except the talk about special interests in #12 and the frequent mentions of how Aspies don't pick up on subtlety.

- Publius

Saturday, February 18, 2017

How powerful is a photon torpedo from Star Trek?

It's been too long since we had a nerdy (pseudo) science post here so, I found a good topic in that vein and ran with it...

Things like the time it takes for the Enterprise to warp to one star or another are just scientific plot McGuffins in the Star Trek franchise. They are whatever the writers say they are in the script. However, we can sometimes quantify the actual power/abilities of the fantastic tech seen in the shows and movies.

While reading through the tech manual for Star Trek: The Next Generation, I saw in the chapter on the Enterprise-D's weapons systems that each torpedo has 1.5 kilograms of anti-matter inside. The anti-matter here is anti-deuterium, the anti-matter equivalent to deuterium, a real-life isotope of Hydrogen. The ratio of reactant in the torpedo will be the same as any anti-matter reactor in Star Trek's universe: 1:1.

Thanks to a gentleman named Edward Muller and his web page with an anti-matter calculator we can actually determine how much explosive yield that 1.5 kilograms of anti-matter will actually produce. According to the page, 1.5 kilograms will yield an explosive force of 64.44 megatons of TNT. The most powerful nuclear weapon ever exploded on Earth, the Soviet Union's 'Tsar Bomba' had an explosive yield of 50 megatons.

Soviet scientists could have made it have a yield of 100 megatons but, they were afraid of what that would do to the planet. That's not an unrealistic concern. According o the Anti-Matter calculator page, the third 1883 eruption of the Krakatoa volcano released an amount of energy equivalent to 150 megatons. Also according to that page, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast with the force of a 300 megaton explosion. Rather impressive and frightening to think about, heh?

So, if you get into a pointless nerd debate about fictional weapons from a science fiction franchise,  you might have some actual facts to work with for once. That is, unless a future film or episode changes things. And the tech manual's authors did say that the book wasn't canon and shouldn't restrict a writer's creativity...

Furthermore, it's currently impossible for me to even guess at the power of a Quantum Torpedo. The DS9 tech manual lists the explosive yield of the regular photon torpedo with a fictional number, 18.5 isotons. It then goes on to say that the theoretical limits of traditional photon torpedo technology, 25 isotons, was reached and that the Quantum torpedo was developed to exceed those limitations. Then, a few episodes of Star Trek: Voyager ret-conned that with onscreen dialogue about various torpedoes. You can read about those changes on this page from Memory Alpha that talks about fictional units of measurement like Isotons.

Simply put, the torpedoes are as powerful as the writer wants them to be... Even if that creates contradictions and conflicts...

- Lord Publius

Friday, February 17, 2017

Concerning the dishonest nature of the Press...

There's been a lot of talk about lying media outlets, 'Fake News' and flat-out shameful exaggerations on the part of the Press as of late. The Leftists that have poisoned the Democratic Party seem to be upset that anyone would accuse the Media of lying and practicing Yellow Journalism.

Why? You know as well as I do that it happened before. William Randolph Hearst did it with his newspapers, convincing the American people to go to war with Spain in the 1890's. And in this time period, they were even more shameless. The Press spent 8 years practically fellating Barack Obama and then tried to gaslight everyone into electing Hitlary. There's no reason why anyone should trust them anymore.

Even earlier today, one of my local news outlets, WDSU-TV, published a story with a misleading headline. I called them out on it too. When published to social media, the headline would read as 'Trump may use up to 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal immigrants'. When you followed the link, the title would change to ''Not true': Spicer, National Guard deny report that says illegal immigrants will be rounded up by troops'. The story's actual headline has since been changed to more accurately reflect the story's actual content. The current headline reads: AP: Trump admin considered proposal that would use National Guard to round up illegal immigrants.

And that is still not accurate. The Administration has even come out and said that idea was not being considered. How could they? You cannot use the military to deal with a law enforcement task on American soil. That violates a Federal law known as the Posse Comitatus Act, which was signed into law by President Hayes in 1878. Any Middle-school child taking a Civics class knows about that law. And yet, the Media insists on pushing these lies and their non-sensical agenda on us. Do they really think that we are all stupid enough to fall for this non-sense? I know Democrats are buying it hook, line and sinker but, the rest of us aren't.

Screw them all. Let the current news media outlets die. And then, replace them with new entities that are actual Journalists instead of Propagandists that would make Herr Goebbels proud. These bastards have been a willing participant in a Radical Leftist agenda to essentially destroy the America we all know and love and turn us into limp-wristed Europeans. Specifically, like the ones who worship the dysfunctional wannabe 'Super State' that is the European Union.

No dice, you Commie Cucks. I'm not interested in handing my balls over to some government bureaucrat. I'm also not at all interested in emulating Europe since that continent is currently falling apart at the seems. Besides, if Europe was so great, my ancestors wouldn't have left there, came here and then became American citizens.

You wanna be a Commie Cuck like the Europeans, move to Europe. Leave my proud and successful civilization alone.



It has been pointed out to me that the Feds have indeed federalized a few troops for domestic issues and several examples were cited. I should have figured someone would mention a few of them so, I'll put them in proper context now...

The Kent State shootings

Ohio's governor sent the National Guard to Kent State at the request of the University's faculty. A few soldiers panicked and it got ugly.

Hurricane Katrina

Louisiana's governor eventually called the National Guard in after President Bush begged her to do so for several days. The Federal response was actually delayed because Governor Blanco didn't ask for Federal help for at least 3 days after the storm.

The L.A. Riots following the acquittal of the police officers who beat Rodney King

Bush the Elder authorized military units to help CA National Guard units in the L.A. Riots under the Insurrection Act of 1807. However, it wasn't used because the authorization came after the rioting had slowed and control was re-established.

Again, I doubt that the current administration would try to use the military for a domestic policy issue. None of them would. That is indeed political poison. A riot or rebellion would be the only exception. Fortunately, this rarely happens.

Also, for those who falsely think I've become a Conservative/Republican/Right-winger...

1.) You're wrong. I'm still the unaffiliated Independent that I have always been. I can't be anything else.

2.) I'm harsh to the Democratic party because they are due for a few harsh rebukes. When they had power, they just did what they wanted and ignored the real problems so many Americans faced. Then, they had the nerve to lie to us and tell us things were getting better when they weren't. I'm tired of suffering for the sins of a bunch of politicians. If there's some way I can spite them for their sins, I will.